First of all BEAM , calling an entire company 'idiots' is a bit daft. The company has produced some amount of good games over the years, and they made the only footie game I've ever enjoyed.
I'm not a big racer fan - certainly not a fan of 'realistic' racers anyway. F-Zero GX and MKD!! are both excellent games in their own right. But it's true, the GC certainly does lack in some genres, but the games you mentioned are probably the some of the best examples on other consoles too.
I played an X-Box exclusive racing titile the other day...a rally game of some sort (I've had limited experience plying these games, and I have the knack for them) and it was good. It handled like you were control, the graphics were excellent and YAAAAAAAY!!! - you could damage the car!!
It just goes to show that game publishers and developers are a crazy bunch with the games.
Personally I'm a big Underground fan, with all its flaws its still a fun game but more than that I love customising the car, I know you can do it on other games like F-Zero, but when you cross the finish line in first position and you know that its YOUR car and not some pre-fabricated game car, it makes victory that much sweeter.
*Slap* *Slap, slap, slap, slap, slap and slap* *boot to the balls*
Um, I played both games at the same time, with my brother and our pal Jack. They both wetted their pants at playing Underground and it annoyed me. It wasn't a bad game, but it wasn't a great game either. And the customization?! What makes it better than the F-Zero one? You take a car that you like and best suits your skill. You can't mess with the engine specs or anything, you just muck around with the cosmetics of the car. That's it. This is the problem with the game - all style and only some substance.
In F-Zero GX, you can choose hugely varying parts from a large database and build, from scratch, a machine that completely suits you, and you can also customize the aesthetics to an extent as well. It helps the otherwise ailing multiplayer as well, racing friends with their own customized machine is a great laugh, not just because of the pretty colours (because you can do it in Underground too) but because of the difference in stats.
Phew, that felt good